Rhea Butcher

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Rhea Butcher
Rhea Butcher speaking into a microphone. They are caucasian, are wearing a brown hat and white shirt, and facing to the right.
Butcher at w00tstock 8.0
Born (1982-08-12) August 12, 1982 (age 35)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, radio, internet
Years active 2012–present
Spouse Cameron Esposito
Notable works and roles Take My Wife
Website rheabutcher.com

Rhea Butcher (born August 12, 1982) is an American stand-up comic, actor, writer, producer, and podcast host.[1] They are best known for their personal, observational comedy focused on their vegetarianism, feminism, love of baseball, and experiences as a butch lesbian.[2] Butcher uses they/them pronouns. Originally from Akron, Butcher now resides in Los Angeles with their wife and fellow comic Cameron Esposito.[3]

Early life[edit]

Butcher was raised in the Kenmore neighborhood of Akron, Ohio.[4] They are an only child; their parents divorced when they were one month old.[5] They graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in printmaking.[5]

Personal life[edit]

On December 12, 2015, Butcher married comedian Cameron Esposito onstage at The Hideout in Esposito's hometown of Chicago, Illinois.[6] Butcher is non-binary[7] and uses they/them pronouns.[8][9]

Early career[edit]

Butcher began their comedy career performing improv in Chicago at The Second City and has since performed stand-up at clubs including Zanies, the Jukebox, and Flappers, as well as Chicago Underground Comedy, The Hideout, The Lincoln Lodge, UCB, Cole's, and Meltdown.[10][11] They made their late night debut on Conan in June 2016.[12]


In the fall of 2014, Butcher appeared alongside Esposito in a series of videos for BuzzFeed Motion Pictures titled "Ask a Lesbian."[13][14] The pair was also tapped to co-host the web series "She Said" for Amy Poehler's Smart Girls Network.[15] They wrote and starred together again in Take My Wife, on the comedy streaming service Seeso.[16][17] Butcher also co-hosts the stand-up comedy podcast "Put Your Hands Together" with Cameron Esposito, which is recorded weekly in front of a live audience at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles.[18]

Butcher's first comedy album Butcher was released in August 2016 by the independent record label Kill Rock Stars.[19] The set was performed at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon.[20] It debuted at number one on iTunes.[5]

Notable appearances[edit]

Title Medium Role Year
Put Your Hands Together Podcast Host 2013–present
Wham Bam Pow Podcast Host 2013–2015
She Said Web Video Series Host 2015
Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Television Jamie 2016
Conan Television Guest 2016
Take My Wife[21] Television Rhea 2016–present
Adam Ruins Everything Television Rhea Conover 2016
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail Television Guest 2016
HarmonQuest Television Guest 2016–present
Queery Podcast Guest 2018–present
Good Mythical Morning YouTube Guest 2018
Three Swings Podcast Host 2018–present


  1. ^ "Rhea Butcher - About - Facebook". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rhea Butcher lays down all that they are and more on "Butcher" -". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Simon. "Cameron Esposito And Rhea Butcher Talk 'Take My Wife', Paul Feig And The Heyday For Female Comedians". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  4. ^ Rabinowitz, Amanda. "Comedian Rhea Butcher Keeps Akron at the Heart of Her Success". Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  5. ^ a b c "Comedian Rhea Butcher is the Real Deal". Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  6. ^ Wellen, Brianna (17 August 2016). "Two wives are better than one on Take My Wife". The Chicago Reader. Retrieved 31 January 2018. 
  7. ^ Long, Sarah (24 February 2017). "Get to Know Nonbinary Comedian Rhea Butcher & Her Other Political Beliefs". Retrieved 31 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Butcher, Rhea. "Seeing The Positive In The Future Of Trans Rights". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  9. ^ "Rhea Butcher 🇵🇷 on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 
  10. ^ "Rhea Butcher". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher on Take My Wife, 'The Show Where Lesbians Don't Die'". Vulture. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  12. ^ "Rhea Butcher Stand-Up 06/30/16". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  13. ^ Habersburger, Keith. "Questions You Wish You Could Ask a Lesbian". BuzzFeed.com, October 31, 2014.
  14. ^ Star, Erika. "Lez Stand Out: Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito". AfterEllen.com, February 20, 2013.
  15. ^ "Amy Poehler's Made A New Web Series For Women". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  16. ^ Poniewozik, James (2017-05-24). "Have You Heard the One About the Angsty Comic? Yes, Too Often". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  17. ^ "Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher Talk Comedy, Diversity and 'Take My Wife'". NBC News. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  18. ^ https://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com/show/3347
  19. ^ "News". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  20. ^ Waits, Rebecca. "Rhea Butcher Is Killing It". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  21. ^ "Cameron Esposito promises 'no lesbians die' in new show 'Take My Wife'". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 

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